Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.
Do not allow yourself to become dependent on alcohol or any other addiction. This is a major problem today as many elders and leaders are alcoholics and often drunkards.
20:2 The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.
The wise fear the power of an absolute monarch, and the spiritually wise fear and respect the power of the King of The Universe. It is provoking God to call ourselves God’s people and then fail to live by every Word of God.
20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
It is better to avoid conflict as much as possible, but fools love strife.
There is great honor in being a worldly peacemaker; how much more honor is there in being a peacemaker between man and God, by teaching the gospel of warning and repentance, and teaching the way of salvation through Jesus Christ?
20:4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
The physically lazy have many excuses for not working and the spiritually lazy has his excuses for not being zealously diligent in his work to learn and keep the whole Word of God. Both will have nothing at the harvest.
If we are not wholeheartedly zealous to live by every Word of God, we shall be rejected by him and we will have no part in the resurrection to spirit.
20:5 Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out.
A godly man will be thoughtful and will carefully consider all the things of God and will grow in spiritual understanding, just like a physically wise man thinks deeply on the things of the flesh to understand physical things.
20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
Many people exalt themselves with grand titles and self praise, usually to deceive and gain a personal following. Who is there who has godly integrity and stands on the truth of God? He shall have eternal life and his children shall greatly benefit from his example and instruction.
20:8 A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes [with a stern look]. 20:9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?
Our Spirit King has the power of correction and death; and the power of blessing and life; only the spiritual fool does not fear Him. Who is guiltless before our God? Let us all humble ourselves before him and repent to do his will, for he is merciful to the sincerely repentant!
20:10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the LORD.
Unjust, unfair and unequal actions are an abomination to God. God is just, fair and equal, we are to be like him and refuse to be a respecter of persons who exalt idols of men and false traditions.
Weights and measures should be equal for all and so it is with the judgment of God. Even the king, apostle or priest that sins, faces the same judgment as the lowly person who sins; indeed the elder who leads many to sin is worthy of a far greater correction than the lowly.
20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
True men of God will be known by their fruits of zeal for living by every Word of God, and the false teachers will be know by their lack of zeal for living by every Word of God and for deciding right according to their own imaginations.
Those who teach others to compromise and tolerate false teachings and sin and actively persecute the zealous, shall have their judgment from God.
20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
God has opened the ears and eyes of those that God the Father has called; it is up to us to see, hear and live by every Word of God.
20:13 Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.
Do NOT be spiritually lazy! Diligently pray, study, think and consider, how the Word of God applies to us personally; and as we learn, live by what we learn, and always be praying for God’s Spirit and for more understanding and the strength to fulfill the entire will of God.
Work diligently in spiritual things and we will be filled with the Bread of Life.
20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
A person will try to pay as little as possible to gain a great bargain; but the pearl of great price [eternal life with God the Father and Jesus Christ] is worth everything we have. Therefore be zealous and diligent to run the race and obtain the prize.
20:15 There is gold, and a multitude of rubies: but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.
The knowledge of God which is the Sound Doctrine of Holy Scripture, is worth all the wealth on this earth!
20:16 Take his garment that is surety for a stranger: and take a pledge of him for a strange woman. 20:17 Bread of deceit [stolen things] is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
A fool gives his physical substance and joins his body [which belongs to his lawful wife] to a whore; even so the spiritually foolish gives away the birthright of his calling and his spiritual understanding, for the enticements of false teachings and compromise with our baptismal espousal to Jesus Christ.
The pleasure of the moment is sweet; but quickly turns to bitterness as Esau discovered.
20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.
Do not take decisions and actions without prayer, careful consideration and study.
20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Do not reveal your secrets to one who is a known gossip, or they will soon be exposed to all. Have nothing to do with flatterers, toady’s and bootlickers.
20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness.
Our physical parents are to be respected “In the Lord,” and our heavenly Father and our espoused spiritual Husband are to be honored, respected and wholeheartedly OBEYED.
20:21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
An inheritance received by a person without character will dissipate and be lost. Even so God will not give a spiritual inheritance of an office in his Kingdom to a person not properly qualified and a spiritually lazy person or one of dubious character. The offices of the Kingdom are reserved for those who are wholeheartedly diligent and zealous for every Word of God.
20:22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.
Do not take revenge for yourself, the Eternal will judge righteously in his own good time.
20:23 Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a false balance is not good.
God hates the unfairness of different standards for different people.
20:24 Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
The deeds of a godly person are directed by the Lord through his Word. Carnal man does not and cannot understand the way to eternal life or any of the things of God; until he is humbled and brought to sincere repentance, the things of God will seem nonsense to the mind of man.
Proverbs 20:25 It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is holy [makes and eats his sacrifice], and after vows to make enquiry.
People must ask their questions and get the facts BEFORE making vows and not inform themselves AFTER the vow has been made.
20:26 A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel [strong correction] over them.
The wheel is a threshing instrument rolled over grain to separate the grain from the chaff; this verse speaks of applying heavy correction to the evil doer.
The wise King destroys the wicked and so it is with the wisest of kings, Jesus Christ. He will drive the wicked, Out of God’s Temple.
God hates division between the brethren and himself, therefore to maintain the unity of the brethren with God the Father and Jesus Christ, he will reject the sinful and those who tolerate false teachings,
20:27 The spirit of man is the candle [properly; light, lamp] of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
God searches the spirit, heart and mind of every person to determine their zeal for God or lack thereof, and to judge that person fairly.
20:28 Mercy [for the sincerely repentant who STOP committing their evil deeds] and truth preserve the king: and his throne is upholden by mercy.
Jesus Christ is truth and is most merciful to the sincerely repentant therefore quickly repent when convicted of sin; lest we be corrected in his wrath.
20:29 The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head.
Let us be strong and wise in the ways of God and forever foolish and ignorant of the ways of evil.
20:30 The blueness of a wound [physical bruise, spiritually God’s correction] cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
The bruises and wounds of correction and affliction of the flesh are intended to save the spirit from destruction.
Today Jesus Christ is rejecting the spiritually indolent brethren into great tribulation, in the hope that through the affliction of the flesh he may save us spiritually.
When we see our cherished false teachings collapse before our eyes and our fears come upon us, many will quickly repent and turn to zeal for God.
To be kings and priests under Jesus Christ [Melchizedek], we must follow all the teachings and commandments of Christ; chief of which is to live by every Word of God the Father. We must submit our will to God’s will and we must allow God to direct our thoughts and actions. We must PROVE in this life; that we will diligently teach and enforce GOD’S POLICIES, before we are entrusted with responsibility in HIS Kingdom!
Would ether God the Father or Jesus Christ EVER teach us to rebel against their own commandments, or compromise with the wisdom of their Word? Would they EVER tell us to tolerate false doctrines or to stop rebuking sin?
What mighty king would tell his people that they need not obey his laws, and that they should tolerate rebellion and teachings contrary to his instructions; or that his servants can do whatever each one thinks is right, instead of obeying the law of the kingdom?
We are to stand solidly on the sound doctrine and commandments of Holy Scripture living by every Word of God, and we are NOT to do what each person thinks is right.
This is the issue in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia as everyone follows this man or that tradition of men: Meanwhile who is truly living by every Word of God?
God our KING does according to HIS will: He is the decider, not us!
Proverbs 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD,as the rivers of water: he [the godly leader follows God] turneth it whithersoever he will.
Let us follow all the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek] and live by every Word of God the Father; not doing as each man thinks is right.
21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
The foolish think themselves correct and wise when they do as they imagine instead of living by every Word of God, but they will be judged by every Word of God.
21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Our attitude and deeds in doing whatever WE want instead of living by God’s Word, is the same sin that Eve and Adam did in the garden. The issue in the Garden was not that the tree’s fruit would immediately kill; it was that defying their Creator and doing what they wanted instead of what the Creator commanded would ultimately bring death.
Today we are standing on the words of men and false traditions instead of on the Word of God just like Eve and Adam did in the Garden; and we will reap a terrible reward, being rejected from the Promised Land of eternal life for that sin, unless we repent quickly.
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Proverbs 21:4 An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing [the works] of the wicked, is sin.
The proud who are arrogantly full of their own ways sin exceedingly and will be sternly corrected; especially today’s Laodicean Spiritual Ekklesia.
21:5 The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
The patiently diligent in physical things are blessed with physical gain; and so the diligent in spiritual things find much spiritual gain and godliness! The impatient and easily frustrated who quickly become discouraged and let up, will not overcome or gain the wisdom of God.
21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death. 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Gain advantage by falsehood brings suffering to the victims and God will destroy the wicked who abuse the people. Even so, spiritual deceivers and false teachers will be destroyed for leading people away from God and life eternal.
The person who follows his own ways is proud, stubborn, self-willed and unrepentant.
Those who delight to learn and keep the teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek] and to live by every Word of God, are pure from the uncleanness of sin; because their deeds are godly!
21:8 The way of [an unconverted ungodly person] man is froward [stubborn, self-willed] and strange [estranged from God]: but as for the pure [the godly], his work is right.
A person becomes pure from sin through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to sin no more and the application of the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Those who are pure from sin are pure in thoughts and deeds because they live by every Word of God.
21:9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Does anyone want a contentious uncooperative spouse? Does Jesus Christ want a contentious wife who resists him and demands her own way?
The person who seeks his own ways, standing on the false traditions of men idolizing men and corporate organizations, and does not accept zealous obedience to every Word of God; is wicked in God’s sight.
21:10 The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
All those who teach to tolerate false doctrine, to hold back from rebuking sin, to turn from diligent study to learn and zealously live by every Word of God; and who urge folks to accept the authority of men above the authority of Holy Scripture: IS A FALSE TEACHER (Mat 7, Deu 13, Deu 18)]! He leads his neighbors to destruction!
Those who stand on false traditions of men and scorn a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God, including respecting the sanctity of the seventh day Sabbath, Biblical Calendar and High Days; will be thrust into great tribulation so that they might sincerely repent and become spiritually wise.
21:11 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise [the humble man sees the correction of the foolish and saves himself]: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
The wise person learns when he is instructed, and quickly turns to godliness.
21:12 The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
The godly person observes the actions and the end of the wicked, and learns from their example to avoid their false ways.
21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
We will be forgiven only as we forgive others and we will obtain mercy in proportion to the mercy we extend to others: That does NOT mean that we should tolerate unrepentant sin
Mercy is to cry out the gospel of warning, repentance and the path to salvation through living by every Word of God and calling all people to the sincere repentance which will save them.
Mercy quickly forgives the sincerely repentant, but she does not tolerate, overlook and fail to rebuke sin against God’s Word; which things bring destruction on all those who do them.
The merciless shall not obtain mercy
21:14 A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom [calms] strong wrath.
When we offend others and realize that we are guilty; we should quickly go to them and repent, and even offer them some gift to pacify righteous indignation.
When we sin against any part of the Word of God, we MUST quickly repent lest we be corrected.
21:15 It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
The godly love justice and they love the Holy Righteous Word of God. The evil person who does not love to learn and to live by every Word of God, will be destroyed.
21:16 The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding [God’s Word] shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
Here is an explicit warning that those who turn away from enthusiastic zeal to live by every Word of God, and turn towards compromise, toleration of false teachings and a lukewarm complacency and disrespect for the authority and power of Jesus Christ and God the Father will be corrected; and if they remain unrepentant they will inherit eternal death and not life!
21:17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
If a person wastes his substance on physical pleasures he will become poor. If any person wastes his spiritual opportunities on doing what he wants in place of doing what God teaches they shall be spiritually poor and destitute of eternal life.
21:18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
The transgressors of the Word of God will be destroyed [unless they sincerely repent]; while the upright in living by every Word of God (Mat 4:4), will inherit eternal life.
21:19 It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
Again, does Jesus Christ want a stubborn self-willed wife who rejects and fights his will? Those who desire to be a part of the collective of the resurrected bride of the Lamb must have a loving relationship with him seeking to please him always: It pleases Christ that we live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4)
21:20 There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
The spiritually foolish have no respect for the truth and treasures of the wisdom of God; they scorn and spurn any zeal to live by every Word of God to keep their idols of men and false traditions whose end is death.
Make no mistake: False teachers will say that we should live by every Word of God; and then they will pull a switch, substituting their own ways for God’s ways! Watch for and beware of the “bait and switch” technique used to deceive people into following men away from God!
21:21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
The person diligent to learn and keep the righteousness of God as defined by the Holy Scriptures will inherit eternal life and a good reward of ruler-ship and priesthood.
In the Kingdom of God, the priest kings will teach all flesh to live by the wisdom of every Word of God, and they will enforce the Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ the King of kings.
If we have no zeal for the wisdom of every Word of God now, and instead stand on the false traditions of men; how will we ever be in the resurrection to spirit, teaching the nations to live by every Word of God?
21:22 A wise man scaleth [conquers] the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Physical problems are overcome by physical wisdom: Even so, the spiritual wisdom of the Word of God overcomes evil and replaces it with holiness. Therefore seek the Word of God to learn and live by it with all your heart, for it delivers us from the deceptions of Satan and the bitterness of the grave.
21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
He/She who blurts out everything that comes to their mind without thinking, often makes a fool out of him/herself. Therefore study, learn and live by every Word of God in order that we may speak and live in godly wisdom.
21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
The proud and haughty scorner of the truth who stands on the false traditions of men and their own ways; will receive extreme correction and ultimate destruction [unless they learn their lesson and repent].
21:25 The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. 21:26 He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
He who is spiritually lazy and lets others tell him how to live, is not diligently zealous to learn and live by every Word of God; and he will die spiritually, forfeiting the birthright of his calling which is eternal life.
The spiritually lazy, covets and will not receive; while the zealous and wholehearted diligent seeker after the knowledge of God, will be given the wisdom of God to share liberally with others.
21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
A person who claims that he is godly and under the sacrifice of Christ while doing his own thing and standing on the false traditions of men and organizations, is an abomination to God the Father and Jesus Christ.
Repentance means to STOP sinning and to internalize the righteousness of God the Father, through a diligent learning of and living by, every Word of God.
To ask for the application of a sacrifice for our sins and then to continue in sin, is an abomination to Almighty God
21:28 A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth [and keeps God’s Word] speaketh constantly [he who is truthful continues forever].
A person who teaches falsely shall be destroyed The person, who diligently learns and keeps the Word of God, will live forever and shall speak the true Word of Jesus Christ and God the Father for eternity!
21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he [God] directeth his way.
The wicked hardens themselves against the truth of the Word of God to go his own ways. The upright and godly are directed by [and faithfully follow] the Word of God.
21:30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
Those who stand on the false traditions of men take note: No one is wiser, stronger or more righteous than God!
21:31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
No matter how we may think that our own ways are the best ways; True Safety is found only in the zealous learning and wholehearted keeping of every Word of God.
Even if we are persecuted and tortured and die in this life, if we are faithful to learn and to live by every Word of God we shall inherit eternal life at the resurrection to spirit by the power of the HOLY ONE; who has power over death itself.